Former Olympic Figure Skater Tonya Harding to Compete on 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Tonya Harding is trading in her skates for ballroom shoes as she prepares to compete on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars."

The former Olympic figure skater will be partnered with dancing pro Sasha Farber in an all-athlete round of the competition.

Harding is putting past scandals behind her as she takes on the new challenge.

"The most important thing is that my son knows that his mommy isn't a cheater, and that we can go out here and have a really great time and be part of something really special," Harding said.

Harding has largely been embraced by the public following the release of the film, "I Tonya," which stars Margot Robbie in the title role.

Following the Winter Olympics in 1994, Harding was banned from figure skating for life by the U.S. Figure Skating Association after questions were raised about her involvement with the attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan, who appeared on "Dancing With the Stars" last year.

Harding has always denied involvement in planning the attack but pleaded guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution.

Kerrigan was eliminated in the seventh episode of the season, along with former "Bachelor" Nick Viall.

Harding will compete against fellow skaters Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu, as well as former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabaar and ex-MLB star Johnny Damon.

"We’re going to go out and do the best we can do, and hopefully take it all the way," Harding said.

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